WF Quotes of the Week: Jose Mourinho Gets Verbal, Rio Ferdinand's Car Singalong
Jose Mourinho is never one to shy away from the limelight; put a microphone in front of the Chelsea boss and you have on your hands the opportunity for some moments of audio gold.
This past week, the Portuguese encountered unique moments in both the Premier League and Champions League, responding in kind with some special comments of his own.
Listeners were also treated to Rio Ferdinand's not-so-magical sound bites as he decided to return to the old school from the comfort of his car, while stars such as Paolo Maldini, Wayne Rooney and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also feature highly.
All that and more await in the world football quotes of the week.
1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'I Couldn't Care Less'
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot on his plate right now. Cardiff City are currently engaged in a frantic battle against relegation and he faces immense pressure to succeed in his first season as a Premier League manager.
So, when asked about a topic that didn't really concern those hopes in the wake of a 6-3 home defeat against Liverpool, it's of little surprise that the Norwegian had little to say.
In fact, make that nothing to say, as upon being quizzed on the Reds' chances of winning the English top flight this season, Solskjaer's only words, as the above video shows, were: "Couldn't care less."
One can't criticise the manager's priorities, at least.
2. Spiritual Healer: 'Mr Wenger and I Were Engaged in a Previous Life'
Arsene Wenger's 1000th game as Arsenal manager didn't go entirely to plan after the Frenchman saw his side come undone at the hands of Chelsea, losing 6-0 in Saturday's early kickoff.
And perhaps there were other things on Wenger's mind heading into the fixture, such as the then newly reported news that a spiritual healer from Bromley had in fact been a mistress of his—in the 15th century.
Mr Wenger and I were engaged in a previous life. We had a romance when I was Joan of Arc and he was the Dauphine of France.
He was the same man we know him to be today. Highly intelligent but very stubborn. His big problem is he never has a plan B. Arsenal will not win the Premier League this season because of that.
For years, pundits, fans, players and managers alike have been searching for the secret to success in football and Wenger's lack of trophies in the last decade is a particular conundrum that many have attempted to answer.
Well, now we know.
3. Andre Marriner: 'I Sent off the Wrong Player'
Andre Marriner has drawn the ire of the legions following his performance in Arsenal's 6-0 loss to Chelsea on Saturday, where he wrongfully showed a red card to left-back Kieran Gibbs, mistaking him for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In lieu of that mistake, Marriner has admitted his error and a statement released by the refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited, per BBC Sport, reads:
Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors. Whilst this was a difficult decision, Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player. He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue.
While it's the smallest of consolations to see the official admit his wrongdoing, it still beggars belief as to why incidents such as this are still occurring in the most globally popular sport this planet boasts.
4. Jose Mourinho Aims Not-so-Subtle Dig at Arsene Wenger
Mind games are part and parcel of many a professional manager's repertoire, and when it comes to exploitation of the media in that pursuit, Mourinho ranks among the most astute.
Prior to Saturday's Premier League clash between the Blues and the Gunners, Mourinho once again took to the microphone to sound out his Emirates counterpart, somehow managing to both laud Wenger's 1,000-game achievement and aim a slight jab at the same time.
I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it’s not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments – and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot. So I admire the manager and I admire the club.
Of course Mourinho isn't completely false in his assessment but "Meow" nonetheless.
5. Wayne Rooney on Liverpool: 'To Lose 3-0 the Way We Did Was Hard to Take'
As an Everton academy graduate and former Toffee himself, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will undoubtedly be feeling his club's recent slump behind Liverpool harder to take than most.
The forward's allegiances are brewed to be anti-Anfield, so last weekend's 3-0 loss to the Merseysiders would have brought with it a particular sting on his part.
Speaking on that defeat, Rooney is quoted by The Mirror's David McDonnell as saying:
I’m not going to confirm the details of what happened, but obviously we talk,” said Rooney. “We talk after every game, whether we win, lose or draw, but we knew as a team what went wrong on Sunday. We didn’t need anyone to tell us and we came out and delivered a big performance against Olympiakos.
I think Sunday, as all the players will admit, was a devastating result for us. To lose 3-0 the way we did was hard to take and we had to stand up and really be at our best against Olympiakos, because that wasn’t good enough. We’ve done that, but we have to kick on now and we have to give performances like that every week.
As he mentions, the 3-0 win over Olympiakos during midweek was just the right for Rooney & Co. to bounce back following such a devastating result for the club.
That being said, United have now won their last two games in a row, albeit still a long way from looking like they'll be able to topple their top-four foes.
6. Rio Ferdinand: 'I Love the Old School!'
There's not much explanation needed for Rio Ferdinand's most recent bit of highly entertaining social networking.
Following Manchester United's 3-0 second-leg win over Olympiakos, booking their place opposite Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals as a result, the veteran was in jovial mood, to say the least.
And what music took Ferdinand's fancy with that result in tow, you ask? Why, Blackstreet's "No Diggity," of course.
The quality of the vocals means this isn't one to be played on repeat, but Ferdinand most certainly squeezed a few giggles out of the football community with this contribution.
7. Paolo Maldini 'Angry and Disappointed' by Milan
Paolo Maldini has a bit of weight to throw around the San Siro. In a Milan career spanning 24 years, the former full-back won five European Cups and six Serie A titles with the Rossoneri.
So, for him to see the team currently struggling to solidify a mid-table spot is understandably hard, and his recent comments would confirm just how angered the club figure has become.
Inside of me there's a mixture of anger and disappointment. Not so much because of the results, but because I get the impression they're throwing away what was built with hard work over the last 10 years.
That makes me feel awful. I know how much work there was behind all those glories, what it took to build such a beatufiul story. It makes me crazy to see everything destroyed. They cannot compete with Juventus or the top 10 teams in Europe. There isn't a project.
Manager Clarence Seedorf has stepped into a most unenviable position, lugged with the responsibility of transforming a troubled side frantically trying to rediscover its own identity.
In that pursuit, Maldini is hurt to see that everything he worked for throughout his own career would appear to have gone to waste, but the road to recovery has to start somewhere.
8. Jose Mourinho on Didier Drogba: 'I Think Destiny Will See Him Return'
Didier Drogba's departure from Chelsea was about as poetic as any player could hope for, the Ivorian winning his club the 2011-12 Champions League title with what would be his final kick as a Blue.
And now, after spending some time in Asia and with Galatasaray, Mourinho says it is only a matter of time before Drogba comes back to Stamford Bridge.
This past week, Drogba returned to his old west London stomping grounds with Gala before being knocked out of their Champions League round of 16 tie, a sentimental occasion for which the striker was rewarded with a tribute for his contributions to Chelsea's cause.
I think it has to happen one day [Drogba's return]. When? I don’t know. As a player, as a coach, as an ambassador. Next year in four years in 10 years I don’t know. When a player represents so much to one club and one club so much to one player - and in Didier’s case that’s the case - I think he has to be back one day.
I don’t think it’s the moment to answer that. This is a big game and I don’t think it’s the right moment to speak about it. He’s a Gala player. We know he is a free agent. We know he finishes his contract at the end of the season but this is not the right moment to speak about it.
Clearly, at least one half of the relationship is still fairly lovelorn for their ex-partner in crime. Now the question only remains as to how eager Drogba is for another round in Chelsea colours.